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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 Excerpt: ...ascribed the origin of their synagogues to Ezra, who, tradition says, founded them on hi3 return from Babylon to Jerusalem. (See Benjamin, p. 90.) At present only a few ruins attest the former existence of the celebrated Nisibis. This at least is the account of Rousseau, who visited it in 1812. (See also note 38.) (13) By the King of Greece is meant the Emperor of Constantinople. The Hebrew having no term for emperor, Petachia used the word generally rendered king. (14) The rabbi here describes Mosul under the name of New Nineveh. That the whole land of Nineveh is black like pitch, is an exaggeration, nor are there any traces of a forest having existed in the same neighbourhood.--A. Benjamin calls Mosul Ashur. (15) Although in general opposed to conjectural emendation yet we cannot resist the temptation of suggesting a slight alteration in the reading of the text, which would at once obviate the difficulty stated in the preceding note, viz., that there exist no traces of a forest in the neighbourhood of Nineveh. If we read instead of &1P5331: tones Dna irn rpno mra bv yvn The site of Nineveh proper, where a forest was, is overturned like Sodom), "pjn HTltD. transposing the and J the meaning, would then be: "The site of Nineveh proper, where the city was, is overturned like Sodom." It will be perceived at once how easily a copyist may have, by mistake, transposed these letters. It is true that "V? is feminine, and properly so the verb should be Hrm. not rPH. But Petachia has throughout but rarely paid attention.to the biblical genders of the nouns. In fact, this disregard of biblical genders is one of the characteristics of the rabbinical dialect. (16) King of Babel. By this name Petachia understands the Khaliph of Bagdad. Nebuchadnez...
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